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The Ever-lasting Delight

اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ لَذَّةَ النَّظَرِ إِلَى وَجْهِكَ وَالشَّوْقَ إِلَى لِقَائِكَ
“O Allāh, I ask You for the delight of gazing at Your Face and the eagerness of meeting You.”

Aameen!

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If My servants asks about Me…I am near!

The love and closeness that you can experience directly with Allah, can never come with another person in between. I was very much in need of this, Alhamdulillah! He is near! He is waiting!

Reflect on this. In the Qur’ān, Allāh jalla wa ‘alā says:

“They ask you about the crescent moons. Say…”
“They ask you what they should give. Say…”
“They ask you about fighting in the prohibited month. Say…”
“They ask you about intoxicants and gambling. Say…”
“They ask you about menstruation. Say…”
“They ask you what is lawful for them. Say…”
“They ask you about the Hour, ‘When will it happen?’ Say…”
“They ask you about it as if you were eager to find out. Say…”
“They ask you about the battle gains. Say…”
“People ask you about the Hour. Say…”

Every single non-repeated honest question in this form in the Qur’ān, is followed by the command from Allāh jalla wa ‘alā to: SAY…
Except for one verse.
Allāh jalla wa ‘alā said: “If My servants ask you about Me…I am near.”
Amazing. He never told the Prophet (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) this time to, “Say…”
Why? Because this is about du‘ā. There are no intermediaries needed such as previously like the Prophet (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam), when it comes to du‘ā.
This is about the slave of Allāh wanting to speak to his true Lord – a Lord who doesn’t need appointments, loves to be asked, loves those who make constant du‘ā to Him, loves those who don’t depend on anyone but Him, loves that there are no intermediaries between Him and His slave, and loves to respond directly when spoken to directly and sincerely.
Allāhu Akbar. This really is a breath-taking point to consider from the amazing splendors of the Qur’ān.
The most striking thing about the beauty of an authentic orthodox Islam as practiced by the Salaf, is just this direct, pure and immediate access to Allāh when you want to speak to Him.

There are no Catholic Priests, or in a more orthodox Christian light the Son of God, or indeed various gods from a polytheistic angle such as Hinduism, or special intermediaries in Sufi mystic orders and tarīqahs, or certain Imāms with the Shī‘ah, and even the use of the Prophet within some Sunni Muslim sects, that are required to carry your message, plea or request to Allāh Almighty Himself.
No. It’s just you and Allāh. Speak to Him directly to your heart’s content. And now after realizing just how easy Allāh makes this and wants you to come straight to Him, I hope you will do so even more now. Du‘ā truly is the weapon of the Believer. Don’t be stingy or delay using it ever.

By: Abu Eesa Niamatullah

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My favorite dua’a (supplication)

This is one of my favorite dua’as, there are many of course. It’s taken from the Quran (Surah Al Qasas, Ayah 24)

“My Lord, indeed I am, for whatever good You would send down to me in need.”

I just love love love this one! It has the utmost humbleness of a servant asking His Lord for something that He thinks is best! It is said that in time of need if you recite this dua’a endlessly, your needs will be fulfilled in the best manner, inshaAllah!

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Everything will perish, save His Face!

“Everything will perish, save His face”

(Al Quran 28:88)

This is such a powerful Ayah! The realization is so strong, it can’t be put into words!

Ibn Kathir writes in the tafsir of this ayah:

وَقَوْله “كُلّ شَيْء هَالِك إِلاَّ وَجْهه “إِخْبَار بِأَنَّهُ الدَّائِم الْبَاقِي الحَْيّ الْقَيُّوم الَّذِي تمَُوت
الخَْلاَئِق وَلاَ يمَُوت كَمَا قَالَ تَعَالَى “كُلّ مَنْ عَلَيْهَا فَانٍ وَيَبْقَى وَجْه رَبّك ذُو الجَْلاَل
وَالإِْكْرَام “فَعَبَّرَ بِالْوَجْهِ عَنْ الذَّات
And His (SWT) statement that “Everything will perish save His Face” shows that He is the Eternal, the Everlasting, the Ever-Living and the Self-Existent, who does not die while all of creation will die. As He (SWT) said “Everything on this earth will perish, but forever will abide he Face of your Lord, full of Might and Glory”, and ‘Face’ denotes the Being (of Allāh).

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The Blessed Friday!

 

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Alhamdulillah we have lived another week and have been blessed to live another Friday. Who knows if we will live to see the next Friday or not? So let’s utilize this precious blessing and strive to follow the sunnahs of Jumma’ as much as we can, and even more inshaAllah! Because we do not want to regret on the Day of Judgement!

“Every gulp of air that goes out in a cause other than the cause of Allah will turn to sorrow and regret on the Day of Judgement.”

~Hadith

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My First…

This is my first proper piece of design; an inspirational/Islamic poster. I thought it would be interesting to share my first design in the first post of my blog.

“People count with self-satisfaction the number of times they have recited the name of God oh their prayer beads, but they keep no beads for reckoning the number of idle words they speak.”

~Imam Ghazali

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The quotation by Imam Ghazali (RA) in this poster serves as a great reminder in two ways. Firstly, it reminds us to avoid idle talk and speak only when necessary; secondly, it reminds us that no matter how much we praise and thank Allah SWT, no matter how much we remember Him, we can never do as much as we owe Him. There is no limit to His remembrance and it is never enough! So we must keep remembering Him, and keep on reminding others, insha Allah.